Drug agents raid Michael Jackson doctor for second time

Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:51pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police raided the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson's personal physician on Tuesday as the probe into the pop star's sudden death focused increasingly on the doctor who was at his side when he died.

It was the second raid on Dr. Conrad Murray in less than a week as officials seek evidence into the cause of the "Thriller" singer's sudden death by cardiac arrest on June 25.

Murray's lawyer said after the first raid last week that police and DEA agents were looking for "evidence of the offense of manslaughter."

Their probe now seems focused on Jackson's use of prescription drugs, particularly the anesthetic propofol and Murray's possible involvement in providing it.

Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said federal agents, Las Vegas police and Los Angeles detectives entered Murray's Las Vegas home and nearby office early on Tuesday morning looking for documents, but he declined to be more specific.

Last week's search at Murray's office in Houston yielded information from a computer hard drive, billing and medical records, vials of medication, a Rolodex card and other objects, according to court documents cited in numerous media reports.

Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, but in a statement released one day earlier in response to media reports that the doctor was the key target of the investigation, Chernoff asked for patience.


<p>Michael Jackson waves to supporters outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, June 13, 2005. REUTERS/Gene Blevins</p>